Flow Break is a series of gouache paintings made specifically for Effects Journal. The paintings were constructed by reconfiguring a set of predetermined shapes: yellow square, lavender square, red half square. Each shape is placed into a grid by chance, resulting in a series of unanticipated arrangements. The paintings are intentionally impersonal, countering the artist’s autonomous gesture with a more automatic procedure. The accompanying text in “Effects” questions how visual abstractions such as Flow Break impress upon our unconscious by going undetected by language and directly accessing our nervous system.